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Monday, April 7, 2014

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full

Gloria Furman  is a wife, mother of four young children, doula, and blogger.  In 2008 her family moved to the Middle East to plant Redeemer Church of Dubai where her husband, Dave, serves as the pastor.  She is the author of Glimpses of Grace:  Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home and blogs regularly at the Gospel Coalition, Desiring God and

Motherhood is tough and often it feels like the to-do list just keeps getting longer and longer every day no matter how hard we work to get ahead.  From grocery shopping to soccer practice, running a household is exhausting, making it hard for us to experience true joy in the midst of the craziness of life.
In this encouraging book for frazzled moms, Gloria Furman, a pastor's wife and mother of four, encourages us to refocus and reorient our vision of motherhood around what the Bible teaches.  Showing us how to pursue a vibrant and ever-growing relationship with Christ - even when discouragement sets in and the dirty laundry is still waiting ot be washed - this book will help you treasure Christ more deeply no matter how busy you are.

My Thoughts:
Gloria Furman has packed a lot into this short 153 page book!  Gloria's focus in Treasuring Christ is to help mothers understand the important truth that as mothers we can appreciate a greater reality - that we can find our rest in the work that Jesus has done on the cross on our behalf.  Furman spends the book helping mothers realize that our hands are full - full with every spiritual blessing in Christ...that "a mother who has been born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Christ has an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading kept in heaven for her" (introduction, pg. 17).
Gloria fleshes out how the good news (the gospel) is for every day living through showing us that God made motherhood for Himself and helping us see motherhood as worship.  And she starts off the book with the exhortation to "stamp eternity on my eyeballs".
"When your eyes are fixed on the horizon of eternity, it affects your vision for motherhood.  We need to have eyes to see a view of God that is so big and so glorious that it transforms our perspective of motherhood.  In the context of eternity, where Christ is doing His work of reigning over the cosmos, we need to see our mundane moments for what they really are - worship.  In the daily and nightly work of mothering, we're given dozens of invitations to worship God as He reminds us of the hope we have because of His gospel.  My prayer is that you would see that the gospel is good news for mothers, not just our 'born again birthday' but every single day."
Gloria Furman shares the bold truths of Scripture and rich theology housed in the gentleness and love of a close friend.  You will be blessed by this little book that packs a powerful punch of encouragement and biblical exhortation available now at Crossway.  You can go HERE to view the product page and to place your order! There is a study guide accompanying the book making it a perfect resource to use with a group like MOPS or small group of mothers with young children (or older) at your church.  Get your copy today; you will not be disappointed.

Thank you Gloria and Crossway for gifting me the Advanced Reader Copy of the book for the purpose of this review!